Tag: respiratory

IPV Use Expands to More Patients

IPV Use Expands to More Patients By Margaret Varnell, RN, RRT Intrapulmonary Percussive Ventilation (IPV), the therapeutic modality developed by Forest Bird, MD, PhD, Sc., is being used for more than cystic fibrosis patients these days. In fact, it can be used for almost…

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation It’s Not Just for Adults…Or Is It? By Kelly Noble Pulmonary rehabilitation programs have given adults with chronic respiratory illness the chance to perform daily tasks, such as doing the dishes and grocery shopping, on their own again. These adults who were…

Incentive Spirometry

Incentive Spirometry –Effective Tool or Unneeded Cost? By Henry Owens, BS, RRT As health care budgets continue to shrink, providers are constantly being asked to “do more with less.” And, as we’re all aware, respiratory care has not been spared the downside of budget…

Rare Lung Disease Symptoms Mimic Asthma

Rare Lung Disease Symptoms Mimic Asthma By Margaret Varnell, RN, RRT Lymphangiolieomyomatosis (LAM), a rare lung disease affecting women of childbearing years, may in many cases be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as asthma, delaying what care is available. There are 250 known cases of LAM…

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